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Welcome New Students

August 16, 2019

Welcome, to all new incoming and returning students, we’re excited for another great academic year with you. Please stop in to see your Undergraduate Academic Advisor. We have 2 new members of the undergraduate team, Lauren Wong and Vanessa Alvarez.

Professor Sven-Erik Rose's Current Research on Literature Written in Nazi Ghettos was Featured in March 2019 "Scholarship Issue" of 'News from AJS: Association for Jewish Studies'

April 01, 2019

Professor Sven-Erik Rose's earlier book, Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany 1780-1848 received a major award from the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). His current research, which delves into the written works created by Jewish peoples during their time interned by the Nazis in ghettos - most famously in Warsaw, Lodz and Vilna - is highlighted in the March 2019 issue released from the AJS.

Stefanie Schoeberl Awarded the Sieglinde Hartmann Prize

November 30, 2018

Congratulations to German graduate student Stefanie Schoeberl, who recently received the Sieglinde Hartmann Prize awarded by the prestigious International Medieval Congress held each year in Leeds, England. Stefanie was awarded this prize "for the best abstract for any paper proposal in the field of medieval German language and/or medieval German literature" for her proposed paper on "Jewelry in the Medieval German Artusroman: Beyond Fiction, Reality, and Expectations."

Welcome Incoming Students!

August 01, 2018

To all of our 2018 incoming first year and transfer students, your advisers in Sproul Hall wish you a warm welcome! Willkommen !

German PhD Candidate Will Mahan Awarded Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2018-2019

March 21, 2018

The German program congratulates Will Mahan for being awarded a Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a highly sought-after award for doctoral students and as one of the recipients Will won out over intense competition. The fellowship relieves doctoral students from having to teach or assist faculty in research and provides them a stipend to compensate for the income that they would have earned as a teaching assistant or research assistant.

Professor Gail Finney, PhD Candidate Will Mahan and PhD Alumna Amila Becirbegovic Contribute to the Journal "Humanities"

March 21, 2018

Congratulations to Professor Gail Finney (Comparative Literature and German), German PhD Candidate William Mahan, and Assistant Professor of German at CSU Fresno (and recent German PhD graduate) Amila Becirbegovic for their contributions to the special issue of the journal Humanities titled Wounded: Studies in Literary and Cinematic Trauma.

German PhD Candidate Astrid Exel Selected to Represent UC Davis at the Dahlem Humanities Center Global Humanities Summer School at the Freie Universität Berlin

February 26, 2018

Congratulations to German PhD candidate Astrid Exel for being selected from a very competitive pool of candidates to be one of two graduate students who will be representing UC Davis at the Dahlem Humanities Center Global Humanities Summer School at the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) in summer 2018. This year’s program thematic focus is “Principles of Cultural Dynamics." Congratulations, Astrid!

Professor Chunjie Zhang Awarded Humboldt Research Fellowship

November 28, 2017

In November Professor Chunjie Zhang was awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She will use this prestigious fellowship in the coming year to advance her innovative book project: "World as Method: Cosmopolitan Thinking in German and Chinese Modernist Cultures."

Congratulations Professor Zhang!

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Recent Successes of UC Davis German Ph.D.s

November 04, 2015

Graduates of the UC Davis German Ph.D. program continue to be successful in the profession. Among their most recent achievements:

Sebastian Heinsohn, who completed his dissertation on the aesthetics and politics of representing the street in German film in June 2009, assumed a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of German at Bucknell University, beginning Fall 2009.

Caroline Schaumann, who earned her Ph.D. in German here in 1999, earned tenure at Emory University. She now holds the title Associate Professor of German Studies.

Interested in Majoring in German? UC Davis has the Third-Best Salary Potential for Majors in the Humanities

November 02, 2015

According to, of colleges reviewed UC Davis placed 3rd when it came to highest income for graduates with degrees in the liberal arts or humanities. It was the highest rank of any of the UC campuses, although a few others did make it into the top 10. Below you can see a graphic showing the top 10 ranked schools; if you read the article you can see the top 50 schools and read further about the subject.